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Deer Park Jr/Sr High School Wildcat Weekly: September 17, 2023

What's New?

A Message from the Principal

Hello Deer Park Families! 

Homecoming week is a highly anticipated event for students, alumni, and the entire community. It is a time when the school comes alive with school spirit and pride. The week is filled with a variety of activities and events that bring people together to celebrate their shared experiences and memories. From Spirit Week to the Friday pep rally and homecoming parade, to the football game and tailgating parties to the homecoming dance and alumni reunions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is a time to reconnect with old friends, cheer on the Wildcats, and create new memories. Homecoming week is a time of celebration, unity, and a reminder of the strong bonds that tie the school community together. We hope you will choose to be a part of all the fun!!

John Vander Meer
Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School

Building Spotlight

A grant funded program, called Harbor, reached out to Deer Park to get student interest to enroll in a career soft skills online pilot program. Thanks to Suzy Beck, Mandy Stevens, and Stacea McKeever, Deer Park students are occupying 36 seats out of the 50 seats available throughout Hamilton County. Working on this soft skills program, students are getting paid to participate through the federal grant.

Please continue to follow our Wildcat Weekly for more opportunities for your students as we explore career pathways and potential job opportunities.


It's your turn to shout out a Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School staff member!

We are blessed to have one of the best staffs to work with day in and day out at Deer Park Jr/Sr High School. We praise them everyday for all the amazing things they do for our kids and our community! We want to give you a chance to do the same! If you would like to give a shout out to any staff member, please fill out this form so we can celebrate them!

Staff Shoutout

Building News

Conference Information

Parent-teacher conferences serve as a crucial platform for open communication and collaboration between parents and teachers. These conferences provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child's progress, strengths, and areas for improvement with their teachers. Teachers, on the other hand, can gain valuable insights into a student's home environment, learning style, and any challenges they may be facing. This exchange of information allows both parties to work together in the best interest of the child's education. Parent-teacher conferences also foster a sense of partnership and trust, as parents feel more involved and informed about their child's academic journey. Ultimately, these conferences play a vital role in enhancing student success and building a strong school-home relationship. We hope to see you on September 28th or 29th Please click on the link to schedule a visit. 

Parent Conference Link

Paying School Fees

Please remember to pay your student fees for the 2023-2024 school year. Fees can be paid in the front office during regular office hours or by using PaySchools. You will need a student ID to set up a PaySchools account. These are found on fee forms and are the same number your student uses for their lunch account. If your student doesn’t know this number, please feel free to reach out to us with questions at 513-891-0010.

A Message from the School Nurse

Deer Park Community City Schools has partnered with the Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care! 

The mobile dentist will be coming to the Jr. /Sr. High School on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023.

Simply sign up your child today at or fill out and sign a permission form. Permission forms will be available for students to pick up in the main office. Please return forms to the school nurse by Friday, November 3rd

Even better, dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

For more information please visit

American Heart Association Soccer Game and Spaghetti Dinner

Please join our boys and girls soccer teams on Thursday, September 21 for the 8th Annual American Heart Association Spaghetti Dinner and “Red Out” at Deer Park High School. The afternoon begins with dinner provided by Krimmer’s Italianette from 4:00-6 p.m. in the Deer Park High School cafeteria.  For $10 per person, you can enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, a breadstick, and lemonade or water.  Baked goods may be purchased from our soccer athletes. Our youth SAY soccer program athletes are invited to wear their jerseys and attend the game and festivities with paying adults!

Carry-out is also available so you can easily take your meal out to the stadium to cheer on your Deer Park Wildcats as they take on Clark Montessori.  The varsity girls game begins at 5 p.m. with varsity boys action following at 7 p.m.  Please wear red to show your support of both your Wildcats and the efforts of the American Heart Association. 

American Heart Association staff will be in attendance to offer “Stayin’ Alive” Hands-Only CPR, our Life's simple 7, and other heart-healthy tips.

All proceeds will go directly to the American Heart Association.  

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at or at the gate. Game tickets will be $7 per person.


Deer Park Soccer Teams
American Heart Association

American Heart Association Awareness Event
Spaghetti Dinner ($10) 
Soccer Matches ($7)

Thursday, September 21
Dinner: 4:00-6 p.m.
Girls Game: 5 p.m.
Boys Game: 7 p.m.

Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School
Dinner: Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria (dine-in or carry-out)
Games: Harry Yeaggy Family Stadium/C.R. Piercey Field

To raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation’s #1 and #3 killers of all Americans. All proceeds will directly benefit the American Heart Association.

Testing Updates:

Pre-ACT participation:

This year, Deer Park High School will be providing the PSAT to all sophomores and the SAT for all juniors, cost provided by the school. If you would like your sophomore or junior to enroll in the Pre-ACT in October, registration is now open in the counseling office. The cost for the Pre-ACT is $18 and checks can be made payable to Deer Park High School. This is not a required assessment, but could help prepare for the ACT if your student plans to opt in to the ACT as well. Deadline for registration is September 27th.


Save the date: All sophomores will take the PSAT on October 25th, 2023. More information to come. 

Counselor's Corner

Check out important info from the guidance office by clicking the link below.

Counselor's Corner

Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Wyoming: Monday, Sept. 18 | 5 p.m.
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Cincinnati Christian: Monday, Sept. 18 | 7 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Grade Volleyball vs. Indian Hill: Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 4:30/5:30 p.m.
  • JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Taylor: Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5:30/6:30 p.m.
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Clark Montessori (AHA Game & Spaghetti Dinner): Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5 p.m. 
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Cark Montessori (AHA Game & Spaghetti Dinner): Thursday, Sept. 21 | 7 p.m.
  • Homecoming Parade: Friday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.
  • Varsity Football vs. Finneytown (Homecoming): Friday, Sept. 22 | 7 p.m.
  • October 11: Optional Pre-ACT for juniors and seniors
  • October 25: PSAT testing for all sophomores

In Case You Missed It

Pre-Order 2023-24 Junior High or High School Yearbooks Today!

Pre-order your junior high or high school yearbook today at Simply select either Deer Park Junior High or Deer Park High School. The junior high yearbook is priced at $40, while the high school yearbook is $70. Students can also make payments using cash or checks made out to Deer Park Community City Schools. If you have any questions about the yearbooks, please feel free to reach out to Carolynn Sullivan at

No School- September 28th and 29th

Just a reminder that there will be no school for students on Thursday, September 28th and 29th, as our teachers will be conducting conferences.

Join Area Students at The Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit is the premier Leadership Conference for 7th-12th graders. The theme is Leadership, Advocacy, and Inclusion.

Students will be inspired by local leaders who share stories of how they persevered in the face of adversity to become respected leaders people seek to follow. They will learn how to become resilient leaders and ways to bring about positive change in their school, community, and in the world.

The Leadership Summit

  • Thursday, September 28th
  • 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
  • University of Cincinnati
    • Tangeman University Center - Great Hall
    • 2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
  • Click here to view the event flyer

Featured speakers: 

  • Mark Weiker: Partner, Abdnour Weiker, LLP
  • Latisha Martin: Advocate, Montgomery County DD Services
  • Ashley Neal: Chief Operating Officer, TruCare Provider Services
  • Diana Mairose: Advocate, Hamilton County DD Services
  • Sadie Everett: Community Relations, University of Cincinnati
  • Kimberly Huckleby: Founder, Ladies of Leadership
  • Julia Saldanha: Director of Programs, NAMI | Southwest Ohio
  • James Schleicher: Life Coach, Team IBB
  • Steve Pelton: President, hChoices

Tickets are Free, lunch is provided, but seating is limited.

Register Online

Questions, contact: 440-478-8282 or You don't want to miss this awesome event!

Homework Club

Did You Know: If your child needs extra help with their school work or just a place to do homework we have a homework club available for your child after school. Please see below for the schedule:

Junior High:

  • Monday: Tracy Smith, Room 153
  • Tuesday: Jami Baker, Room 137
  • Wednesday: Lauren Troxell, Room 58
  • Thursday: Mckenzie Wills, Room 58
  • Friday: Lauren Troxell, Room 58 (until October 19th)

High School:

  • Monday: Suzy Beck, Room 233
  • Tuesday:
    • Sept. 5 - Oct. 24: Mark Devine, Room 239
    • Beginning Oct. 31: Elaine Feldman, Room 155
  • Wednesday: Suzy Beck, Room 233
  • Thursday: Mark Devine, Room 239
  • Friday: Alex Moore, Room 275 (until October 19th)

Student Parking Passes

Student parking passes are currently available. Students can obtain a form from the main lobby. We will require a copy of their driver's license as well as a copy of their car insurance. After completing the form, please return it to Mrs. Burbridge in the front office. The fee for the parking pass is $15.

2023-24 PDF District Calendar

Each year, the Deer Park Board of Education approves the district's yearly calendar, which can be found on the Deer Park Schools website. This calendar includes official school dates, holidays, and breaks. Additionally, a printed event calendar will be sent home with your student during the first week of school. For your convenience, you can access the PDF calendar using the link provided below.

View the Calendar

Staying Connected

There are multiple ways to stay connected to Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Please see the links below for ways to stay connected through Email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

  • Newsletters: All parents who have completed FinalForms should receive Wildcat Weekly Newsletters. If you are not currently receiving them, please register for the e-mail communication. To register, simply go to and click on the button on the bottom of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”.
  • Twitter: Follow Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School for the most up-to-date news and happenings! @DeerParkHS, @DeerParkSchools and @dpcounselor.
  • Facebook: follow us at Deer Park Community City Schools and Deer Park Jr/Sr High School
  • Instagram: follow us at DPHS Principals

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